Students graduating before July will receive a Dixie State University diploma

By Lily Taylor, guest writer

Students graduating this spring will receive the last round of Dixie State University diplomas. 

DSU’s spring 2022 graduation ceremony will be at the Greater Zion Stadium May 6. The graduates will begin walking to the ceremony at 7:30 a.m. and the ceremony will start immediately after. The ceremony is for students receiving a master’s, bachelor’s or associate degrees from DSU. 

Graduates will receive a red shell with a message letting them know the diploma will be sent in the mail within six to eight weeks. 

Graduation coordinator Kristie Davis said: “Students who graduate prior to July 1, 2022, will receive Dixie State University diplomas. Students who graduate after July 1, 2022, will receive a diploma from Utah Tech University.” 

Lindsey Cozad, a junior media studies major from Layton, will be walking in the ceremony to receive her associate degree. 

Cozad said: “When I enrolled to come here [in] the fall of 2020, I expected to graduate with my bachelor’s [degree] at Dixie State University. I am super excited about the name change and think that they will be able to do really amazing things with it, but I just wanted to get a degree that symbolizes the time that I spent at Dixie State.” 

The Greater Zion Stadium gates open at 6:30 a.m., and guests must be seated by 7:30 a.m. Graduates need to assemble with their college north of the Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center no later than 6:45 a.m. 

Megan Church, director of university events and promotions, said: “Graduates can pick up their caps and gowns at the Grad Fair on May 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. After graduates pick up their graduation regalia, it is theirs to keep.” 

Students will meet at the Stephen & Marcia Wade Alumni House, which is across from Greater Zion Stadium. At the Grad Fair, students will receive their cap, gown, cords, gifts and food. Students will also have the opportunity to join the DSU Alumni Association. 

“I also hope our graduates will stay connected to the university and come back and visit often for homecoming, athletic events, alumni events and so much more,” Church said. “Although May 6 may be many graduates’ last day as a student, they will always be a part of our university.”

A look back on Dixie State University’s final year of being DSU

While it is our final year as Dixie State University our history is not over. Here is a look back on all of the things we have accomplished in the 2022 school year.

Name change

While the transition from Dixie State University to Utah Tech University has been a long process, we are coming to a near end. In July 2022, the institution will officially be Utah Tech University.

In July 2020, DSU first announced the university would be gathering information about the DSU name. Then, in December of 2020 the board of trustees and the Utah System of Higher Education unanimously recommended a name change to the Utah Legislature.

On March 3, 2021, the Utah State Senate passed H.B. 278 which requires the Utah System of Higher Education to recommend a new name for the institution. In order to preserve the “Dixie culture,” the bill states the university must implement a heritage committee to keep traditions of DSU alive.

In 2021, the Utah State Legislature voted on the proposed name of Utah Tech University. Before the proposed name Utah Tech University, a few of the recommended names included, but are not limited to: Deseret State University, St. George University and Desert State University.

In June 2021, the name recommendation committee selected one name to recommend to the Utah legislature. The name recommendation committee had to decipher a specific name that includes both the name Utah Polytech State University while still remaining as the nickname Utah Tech. Then, in November 2021 the Utah State Legislature voted and approved the new name, Utah Tech University.

Campus View Suites II & III

2022 marks the first year of Campus View Suites II and the announcement of Campus View Suites III. CVS II is a 144,897 square foot building containing 534 beds and 182 toilets. Each floor contains a common kitchen and laundry room. While this building has only been open for a year it is considered to be one of the more successful buildings on campus.

Seth Gubler, executive director of auxiliaries and director of housing and resident life, said: “We’ve filled up the building [CVS II], and the building opened on time. I’ve gotten positive feedback from students regarding their experience. They appreciate the amenities, they like the majority of the furnishings, and furniture selections. A lot of the tenets have said they have been able to make friends and meet people. With those things considered I believe it was [a] successful [first year of CVS II].”

With the growing success of CVS II, along with it comes CVS III.

Gubler said CVS III has still not officially been approved, as the university is waiting for one more stamp of approval from the USHE.

“You have limitations based on the amount of money you’re working with, the number of beds we need to provide, and construction and material costs,” Gulber said.

However, the university is in the process of working with different contractors to see who can provide the most amenities for the lowest cost.

New clubs on campus

While DSU has over 80 different clubs on campus, there is always room for more. Students are able to start their own clubs on campus with a few requirements: your club/organization must have a name, purpose, rules, regulations, a minimum of five members, and a desired mentor who is part of DSU faculty, staff or administration.

The list of new clubs formed this year include but are not limited to:

  • African Student Union
  • Best Buddies
  • Chemistry Club
  • Club of Diverse Minds
  • Math Club
  • Earth Science Society
  • Garden Club
  • Healthy Trailblazers Coalition
  • Hot Commodities Club
  • Human Resources Club
  • Mountain Bike Club
  • Pixels and Halides
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Satanic Student Alliance
  • Tabletop Club
  • Trailgazers Astronomy Club
  • Women and Family Academic Engagement Club
  • Women in Business Club
  • Yes and… (Improv Club)

Click here for information about starting and/or joining clubs on-campus.

Student body president

Student Body President Penny Mills is finishing out her term this semester as well as her time at DSU. Mills was student body president for two years, and she will be the last DSU Student Body President. Mills is graduating this May and is passing her duties down to Devon Rice.

Rice was recently elected to be Utah Tech University’s first student body president. Rice has plans to provide better dining options on campus for students, raise student fees while taking advantage of them to benefit students, and make policy changes in students’ favor. Click here to learn more about Rice and his intentions about being Utah Tech’s first student body president.

While the university’s name will officially be Utah Tech University this July, we will never forget who we are as Dixie State University.

D-Week as DSU’s most memorable week

The Dixie State University Student Association hosted the final D-Week celebration, making this the most memorable themed week.

It may have been the last D-Week Dixie State University has seen, but it didn’t stop DSUSA and the Alumni Association from throwing a week that celebrated 109 years of traditions. 

New name, same traditions?

With the change of DSU to Utah Tech University, you can expect a new type of traditions week. 

Anna Barfuss, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from St. George, said: “D-Week as a whole will change. However, we will still have a traditions week on campus with certain events within D-week continuing such as, carnival, Inferno, a pageant and BrooksBirthday.”

Some of the events DSU has celebrated for 109 years will still be worked into the new traditions week along with new events. Barfuss said we will add and change other events to support traditions within Utah Tech.

Planning D-Week

Planning D-Week events takes months, and everyone who is a part of DSUSA takes on an event. DSUSA even works with event planners and students that are a part of Code Red to plan the D-Week we have come to know.

Kennedy Thurgood, a senior recreation and sports management major from Clearfield, said: “With four event planners we each tackle a different event, but each event can take anywhere from one to three months to plan entirely. For me, planning the D-Queen pageant took me about three months to plan, due to seven weeks of rehearsals, a luncheon, dress rehearsals, boot camp, and the actual day of competition.”

These events take time to plan, and it ends up being an all hands-on deck type as the event get closer.

“The student life team on DSUSA will spend about 60-80 hours during a week like D-Week due to setting up, running and cleaning up every single event.” Barfuss said.

Some of these events take anywhere from five to 200 student volunteers to help.

Promoting D-Week

We all saw the signs promoting D-Week and its events across campus. Whether it was a flyer in the bathroom, flyers on the boards around campus, or large signs on campus promoting DWeek.  

You can thank the marketing team for their efforts and students who are a part of Code Red, the volunteer branch of DSUSA. 

They helped bring the director’s vision to life, helped set up the events, and some were part of the planning process of D-Week. 

Collaboration makes the events successful

While majority of D-Week events are usually planned by DSUSA, they do branch out to the Alumni Association and Campus Recreation to help with some events.

James Burton, a sophomore management major from Spanish Fork, said, “We collaborate with the Alumni Association for traditions week in regards to the carnival and let Campus Recreation throw in some events as well.”

Campus Recreation was responsible for the Great Race and dive-in movie.

Looking forward to a new traditions week

Going into the new era of Utah Tech, there may be some trepidation, but DSUSA is looking forward to setting new traditions and keeping students involved.

Barfuss said: “I hope the school can start new traditions that last forever and keep our school spirit that we have now. DSU has a very special student life experience and event atmosphere. I hope we can continue to build on that and make traditions week even better.”

Since this was the last year students got to enjoy D-Week, DSUSA put effort into ensuring it went out with a bang. We still got to celebrate traditions that have been celebrated since DSU first came to be. Even though it’s time to say goodbye to D-Week, it’s not time to say goodbye to DSU traditions as we transition into being Utah Tech.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The history and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is thousands of years old and has helped shape the history of the U.S.

It was officially named Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2009 after being called Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. The month honors immigrants, and it helps us learn about diversity and emphasizes racial equality. 

Dixie State University’s Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) hosted several events throughout Pasefika Spirit Week to educate students about their heritage. 

“I think these events help bring awareness to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities because it provides a space for students to celebrate their cultures, and it allows others who don’t hold the same identity to learn from them,” said Brenda Medrano, coordinator for Latinx and undocumented/DACA students. 

The two main events that were held were the Luau and the Eye Upon the Pacific presentation. 

DSU and Southern Utah University’s PISA clubs partner every few semesters for the Luau showcase to perform dances that are diverse throughout the Pacific Islands. These dances include the islands of Marshall, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Aotearoa (Māori) and more. 

The showcase will be held in the fall, and it will include presentations on islands that aren’t as well known in the Pacific Islands. The presentation elaborated on current and past issues the islands are facing. They want to empower students to make a stand and speak out. 

“When celebrating AAPI month, I believe that hosting events on campus could bring awareness to the diverse culture in the Pacific Islands,” said Luis Lafaele, a senior management and marketing major from American Samoa, villages Afonotele and Fagasa. 

Lafaele said members of PISA are often asked if they are from the islands of Hawaii, Samoa or Tonga. While they appreciate the interests of other students, they believe hosting Pacific Islander events on campus will bring awareness of other islands within the Pacific. 

PISA members want to bring attention to islands that have been trying to overcome situations that have set them back. Most islands in the Pacific, such as Marshall Islands, struggle with the consequences of the U.S. nuclear testing done on their native land. 

“It is essential and adamant to make awareness of situations back home and represent our ancestors that have never had the chance to speak out about the sufferings back in the islands,” Lafaele said. 

PISA members believe it is important to bring awareness to the Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage because of things that have happened in the Pacific Islands.

Lafaele said: “Addressing these issues can make it well known by everyone so they can take a stand for justice for the Pacific. Asian American awareness is also significant because they too are facing issues such as Asian violence in the community and holding protests to demand better treatment will make more people in the community listen.” 

The showcase allowed students to celebrate the cultural beauties of the Pacific Islands in a student-led event. These students serve as role models in collaborative partnerships to create a space where all can gain a sense of belonging. 

Trailblazer Day of Giving

Once a year, for 24 hours, all hands are on deck to gather donations for scholarships, academic programs, athletics and more at Dixie State University.

Trailblazer Day of Giving is an annual event focused on supporting programs and students across campus through donations. This year’s Day of Giving happened April 12 and marks the third year of the event.

Brooks Burr, development officer, helped to initiate Trailblazer Day of Giving after talking with his colleagues about what they could do to encourage donation efforts throughout the university.

“It’s a 360 view of some of the needs we have across campus, across departments and also just a general spotlight on where resources could be best utilized,” Burr said.

One program the event funds is the struggling student fund. Burr said the fund helps students cover rent, mechanical costs for their cars, and even enables them to purchase food if they can’t afford it.

“There’s members of our campus community that don’t have homes, can’t pay their rent, or can’t afford to eat, so we feature that fund specifically on the bottom of the website,” Burr said.

Cindy Biehahn, advancement services manager, encourages students and community members to visit the website for Trailblazer Giving Day so they can find a cause they connect with. For students who want to donate directly to the program they are majoring in, there are several scholarship funds specific to each academic program.

“They [students] can give scholarships in the name of a professor that they really admire,” Biehahn said.

Susan Ertel, an associate English professor, said donations can be made in a variety of ways including a one-time donation or even payroll deduction giving. On Trailblazer Day of Giving, alumni can expect to hear from students who are working a phone bank to remind them of the importance of this event.

“If you’re an employee of the university, you can do payroll deductions so that a little bit of your paycheck goes to the general scholarship fund every time you get paid,” Ertel said.

Ertel encouraged employee involvement by giving them a challenge. Faculty who had never participated in the payroll deduction givings had to enroll in the program in order to be eligible for the challenge. If the total of amount of givings from payroll deductions added up to $500, Ertel would match that amount with her own money.

For students who may not have the means to donate, Beihahn said students can provide non-monetary gifts to other students by donating items to the food pantry on campus or looking for areas or students who need extra support. Burr said sharing posts about the Day of Giving with friends and family can also increase coverage for the event.

As for how this year’s Day of Giving went, the university received donations from two St. George businesses, Vasion, a software company, and Zonos, a company that helps simplify e-commerce. Beihahn also said DSU manages to bring in new donors every year who can support students and organizations on-campus.

“I think we did just as well, we were a little skeptical of how well we were going to do just because of the changes that are taking place [on campus],” Beihahn said.

The Trailblazer Day of Giving serves as an event where everyone including students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members can come together to support the university and fund scholarships that allow students to continue their education at DSU.

“It’s really important that we have the funds and the partnerships created so that we can give our students the opportunities that will help them succeed,” Beihahn said.

DSU sees decline in COVID-19 cases on campus

Everyone has experienced COVID-19, and now two years later we are trying to get back to life as ‘normal.’

As of right now COVID-19 numbers are decreasing; however, there are still surges that come up every now and again. 

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According to Judy Scott, associate professor of nursing, many people are frightened to return back to normal after being in a state of emergency for two years.

Scott said, “Whether or not COVID is decreasing people are scared.”

Mental health issues are coming to the forefront. Many mental health cases have been diagnosed since the start of COVID-19. It is not that mental health was not as prevalent before, it is because people have been isolated for so long they are scared to go back into public. 

In the past month COVID-19 cases have decreased significantly. As of April 4, DSU is a COVID-19 free campus. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 on DSU campus.

DSU’s COVID-19 task force

DSU has a COVID-19 task force to make sure there was consistent messaging through all of the proper administration. The task force made decisions on whether classes should be in-person, what to do about housing, and made overall decisions about how to run the university during a pandemic. The task force is still currently up and running, but it is likely that they will not be after this semester.

Susan Ertel, associate professor of English, said: “You can still attend classes on zoom, you and your professor can work out that agreement if you test positive for COVID-19. It is just a case by case basis so there is not a campus-wide policy about it.”

According to Utah state law, 85% of all classes have to be held in person as of the 2021 legislative session. This bill limits the amount of online or remote learning that can happen via Zoom.

The reason the bill was heading to the legislature was because they felt the money the schools and universities ask for yearly was going to waste due to online enrollment.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, yearly there are universities that ask for millions and hundreds of millions of dollars for buildings. If the desire of the universities is to continue to hold only online classes, then why is the legislature spending so much on buildings that are just going to waste.

The bill provides an exception for any university that had a decline in enrollment between September 2019 and August 2021.


The total number of cases as of April 7 is 928,621. There have been 34,129 hospitalizations and 4,730 deaths. 

In Utah masks are a personal choice. Many have chosen to be vaccinated, which decreases the chances of getting COVID-19, but many are still wary of leaving the house without a mask.

According to Utah’s COVID-19 website, in Washington county, there have been 63,452 cases of COVID-19 as of April 7. Of those cases, 3,066 of them have been hospitalized, and 648 people have died from COVID-19.

People do have a choice to wear a mask in public; however, they do not have the choice when it comes to public transportation. This has caused an outrage in many as Utah filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

Utah has joined 20 other states in asking federal courts to permanently end the federal transportation mask mandate. The states all claim the policy exceeds the Center for Disease Control’s authority and interferes with state laws banning forced masking.

The following states have joined the complaint: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Although COVID-19 cased are rapidly decreasing across Utah and DSU campus, there are still many precautions people can take to feel safe.

“Rebels forever” memory garden will stay through transition to Utah Tech University

The Rebels mascot identity on campus isn’t erased completely and is remembered near the Browning Learning Resource Center.

As part of the centennial celebration in 2011 and dedicated in 2013, eight memory gardens located throughout campus were gifted by different donors who attended Dixie State University throughout the years. They all include a large U-shaped stone bench, a picnic table, multiple electrical outlets and even wireless internet access. The names of the donors as well as quotes from many different famous authors are engraved into the stone benches. They are the perfect location to enjoy studying outdoors on campus.

One memory garden on campus, located right outside of the Browning building, features the phrase “Rebels forever” engraved on the stone bench. The table legs also have cutouts that read “Rebels” and the plaque states, “Rebels forever memory garden gifted by an anonymous Rebel and his family in honor of all the Dixie Rebels that have ever attended Dixie State or that will attend this great university in the future.”

The Dixie Rebels was the common nickname until the mascot changed and before DSU became a university. The mascot had ties to the confederate south which made it necessary to retire before attaining university status.

The garden also showcases a plaque with the song “Two Little Boys” by Edward Madden. Ten years ago a confederate soldier statue was removed and was recently filled by a bison statue near the Cox auditorium. This statue was created based on that song.

Although the statue was replaced to show the disconnection the university had to the antebellum South, the memory garden will remain on campus even as we embrace the Utah Tech University name.

Brad Last, vice president of advancement/development, said: “The people who put those [memory gardens] in… they called themselves the Dixie Rebels and I think it was pretty innocent at the time. So when we put those in for them it was just reliving happy memories of being here in college and associating with their friends.”

When the Rebel mascot was retired, the decision of the trustees keeping Dixie but removing Rebels separated the Dixie Rebels direct tie to the confederacy. It changed the connotation sufficiently for the time when this was occuring.

Jyl Hall, director of public relations, said: “To show the institution’s appreciation, the university offered each donor the opportunity to customize their garden. The donor of the Rebels forever garden attended Dixie while the athletic identity was the Rebels and the garden is a nod to their time at the institution.”

When the Rebels forever garden was constructed the mascot had already changed, but to honor the donors and their history on campus it was appropriate.

Other memory gardens on campus include the names of the specific donors whereas the Rebels forever garden says “an anonymous Rebel and his family.”

“There was several people that donated in raising money for it, and there are several people who just prefer to remain anonymous and just like to be really private about their donations,” Last said.

As DSU moved away from Rebels and now are moving away from Dixie, Last said: “I personally don’t think that means that we need to just erase Dixie from anywhere on campus and erase Rebels from anywhere on campus. It is now part of our history and we need to embrace the future and go forward with a new name, but it’s also okay to recognize the fact that we were a different name and that maybe we viewed things differently at that point in time, more innocently I think.”

The garden is planned to stay as DSU transitions to Utah Tech University in July to continue to honor the memory of DSU alumni. Some gardens on campus may be relocated due to an increase in construction with the growth of the university.

“I think people that might have concerns about the few remaining Dixie names on campus or something like the Rebels forever… I think we need to calmly let time take care of those things and embrace Utah Tech as we move forward as a great public university,” Last said.

DSU brings awareness to ‘rape culture’ during sexual assault awareness month

As April is beginning, Dixie State University’s Women’s Resource Center and DSU police department have teamed up to hold events that bring awareness to sexual assault month.

The Bystander Moment

On April 11 at 3 p.m. in the Dunford auditorium, the WRC will be hosting an event to show the Bystander Moment video. Dru Bottoms, director of the WRC, said the Bystander Moment video is a global project shown mostly on college campuses. She said this global project is especially important because it changes the way people react to “rape culture.”

Bottoms said: “It doesn’t matter what gender you are, or anything like that, it’s really applicable to everyone. When we think of sexual assault we know that male victims are also assaulted, but the primary reporters are women. Well, the Bystander Moment applies to everyone because how we react to the world around us is what makes change.”

Sexual assault awareness

Another event held to bring awareness to sexual assault is the What Were You Wearing exhibit. This exhibit is put on by the DOVE Center. This is an exhibit where sexual assault victims are able to share their stories anonymously. The exhibit consists of bulletin boards where victims pinned their clothes to the board along with the story about how they were sexually assaulted. The purpose of this exhibit is to break the stereotype that women are sexually assaulted because of what they are wearing. The exhibit will reopen in the Human Performance Center April 11-15.

This week there were a few events held on campus that raised awareness to sexual assault, one of them being the What Were You Wearing exhibit. Misha Mosiichuk | Sun News Daily

Elizabeth Bluhm, DOVE Center education program manager, said it is important to bring awareness to sexual assault on college campuses because it educates students on how to protect not only themselves but also their peers. Education about sexual assault awareness will reduce the amount of sexual assaults on campuses and it will allow more survivors of sexual assault to come forward and tell their story.

Bluhm said: “We want victims and survivors to realize that it is never their fault, it’s someone else making a choice about their body and that person doesn’t have the right to do that. We need to educate people and help them understand that it doesn’t matter what they were doing or wearing at the time of the assault. [All that matters is] someone made an active choice to take someone else’s rights.”

Bluhm said a lot of college students are scared to report if they have been sexually assaulted because they are either not familiar with the process, or they think talking to law enforcement is intimidating. There is a common stereotype that law enforcement are not the people to talk to when reporting a sexual assault. This is because victims feel like they will not be taken seriously, and/or are often blamed for being sexually assaulted.

DSUPD takes action against sexual assault

Blair Barfuss, DSU chief of police, said: “We’ve worked the past four years to demonstrate how DSUPD exceeds standards set for how sexual assault investigations are conducted… and [we’ve] demonstrated how we lead with industry best practices on how to handle sexual assault investigations. The image or stereotype you mention can be the result of decades of poor police investigations. However, as victims and our community learn and understand all the resources available, and how the DSUPD handles case investigations with national best practices, more victims of sexual abuse will come forward.”

Barfuss said as DSUPD handles sexual assault cases appropriately he has found that more survivors of sexual assault have come forward to tell their story. This is big for DSUPD as Barfuss said one in three women are sexually assaulted nationwide with college aged women being the majority of target victims.

While it is nearly impossible for law enforcement to prevent sexual assaults, Barfuss said this is why the DSUPD takes an active role in training, teaching and bringing awareness.

Barfuss said this is another reason why DSUPD takes action by educating students and community members about safe alcoholic beverage consumption. Barfuss said he cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain control of your own body and the environment around you.

“Ultimately, we need men and women to care more about their friends and those around them by standing up and protecting those who are too intoxicated to care for themselves,” Barfuss said. “[We need] to keep people from taking actions that could provide an opportunity for a predator to take advantage of someone unable to care for themselves.”

New mental health center benefits St. George community, DSU students

As the population in St. George increases, so are the mental health resources.

Utah leaders broke ground for a mental health and drug crisis emergency receiving center in Washington County. This new resource will not only benefit the community of St. George, but also all of the students at Dixie State University. DSU’s Booth Wellness Center provides mental health services for students. However, with the ever-growing population in St. George and number of students at DSU, another mental health center will be beneficial to all who reside in St. George. Garyn Gulbranson, director of the BWC, said he is very excited to see this center announced.

Gulbranson said: “The fact they are opening it [the mental health center] will help our students and everyone else to access services more promptly, quickly and hopefully have better aftercare for mental health crisis’. What I would like to do, and envision doing, it would be great if we had a relationship with both them [the new mental health center] and the Access Center, so if a student were to go there they could be informed about our services.”

The current resources in Washington County are the Intermountain Behavioral Access Center in the St. George Regional Hospital and the BWC. In a small town, like St. George, there is a lull when it comes to available resources for not only mental health services, but the aftercare services for mental health treatment. The BWC is a resource that provides the necessary and beneficial aftercare services for those who have been released from the hospital or the future crisis center.

“So someone may go to the hospital, have a mental health crisis or suicide attempt and 70% of the time they are not following through with their aftercare, that is a really scary statistic,” Gulbranson said. “We want to let students know we are available for aftercare, and continued care after a hospitalization.”

Mental health is an ongoing problem for students and communities, and not just in St. George and at DSU, but everywhere. According to Mental Health America, over half of the adults struggling with mental illness do not receive treatment. This means over 27 million adults in the U.S. are struggling with untreated mental health.

Peer coach Benjamin Stoddard, a history education major from Cottonwood Heights, said: “My experience dealing with mental health with my students is that it is the most common thing that I deal with. Mental health is so prominent in every student because of the change of environment and the independence that college demands.”

Both Gulbranson and Stoddard said it is important for students, faculty and staff to be aware of mental health resources nearby. Whether it is to help the individual themself, their peers or friends who are struggling and need assistance.

“This would be something a student can go to if they need support outside of our operating hours at the BWC on weekends, evenings or early mornings, if we are not available they can go out there [the new mental health center],” Gulbranson said.

The mental health and drug crisis emergency receiving center is being built at 5500 W. 700 S. in Hurricane. The new center is expected to be complete by the end of 2022.

DSU students eligible for free food through ‘Come and Get it’ program

Dixie State University introduced a new program for students in which they can sign up to receive leftover food from campus events. 

This program is used in universities across the country, and has been successful in many. It cuts down on food waste and goes directly to students.

“We are hopeful that this program will help with limiting our food waste on campus and the events hosted here,” said Brett Coleman, marketing coordinator for student affairs. “Why not see the extra food go straight to our students?”

With the program being fairly new, there haven’t been any opportunities for students to receive food, but the creators of the program are hopeful it will be successful. It was announced recently and already has 125 students signed up to receive food. 

“I think it will be very beneficial for students to be able to get free meals once the program is fully functioning,” said Anilee Adams, assistant director of clubs and services. 

It’s not a constant program, students will only receive food when there are leftovers from a catered event on campus. It will be a first come, first serve basis.

Christian Hildebrandt, executive director of campus life and wellness, said it will be a dynamic situation where meals will be provided as there is a surplus of food. He also said it was a collaborative effort with Adams and Mikyla Richardson, executive chef of auxiliaries, to discuss and create this partnership to benefit students.

There aren’t any requirements other than they have to be a student at DSU. Students can sign up by searching “Come and Get it” under organizations on Blazer Link. Once they have become a member of the organization, they will receive texts whenever food is available. They will know where, when and what meals are available from the event. Hildebrandt said students can opt-in to the program at any time as well as opt-out whenever they need to.